Preparing for retirement

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How to Prepare

Preparing for a conversation about your income plan

Put yourself in a retirement frame of mind
Understand the unique challenges in retirement
Learn about annuity options
Survey Insights

Lifetime Income Survey

More than half of non-retired Americans surveyed know how their savings will translate into monthly income during retirement.1
Do you know what your monthly income will be when you retire?
Income planning

Building a diversified income plan

Wondering how you’ll replace your income when you retire and if you’ll have enough to last for as long as you live? The resources below can help you start planning.

Replacing your salary

Learn how you can design an income plan with a balance of guaranteed income and growth potential.

Choosing your options

Explore the different income options available with your TIAA retirement plan.

Getting income

See how much lifetime income you can get from your retirement savings.

See how people like you did it

We created profiles based on the experiences of real people to showcase different types of retirement considerations. Read our latest study that captures the thoughts and feelings of 1,000 people who are retiring within the next five years.

The long-term planners

Al & Sarah
Stable financial situation, conservative, long-term planners who are nearing retirement.

Conservative & semi-retired

Pam & John
Financially stable, conservative, long-term planners who are semi-retired.

Financially limited

Retired, financially limited, and a moderate risk taker.

The moderate risk taker

Retired, financially stable, moderate-aggressive risk taker.

Nervous Nellies

Clara & Eduardo
Nearing retirement, financially stable, nervous about market volatility.

The aggressive risk takers

Frank & Pete
Nearing retirement, financially limited, aggressive risk takers.
Next Steps

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1 Source: 2017 TIAA Lifetime Income Survey. The survey was conducted by KRC Research from August 3 to 14, 2017, via an online survey among a random sample of 1,000 American adults age 18 or older. The sample includes 761 respondents who are not retired and 239 respondents who are retired.  For more information and details about this survey, visit the executive summary .
This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice under ERISA. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.
The Preparing for Retirement tool provides education about the retirement process, and includes examples based on a composite of random TIAA clients. In making the tools and information available to you, we assume that you are capable of evaluating the information and exercising independent judgment over your investments and do not need or intend to rely on our advice or recommendations. You should not buy or sell any security or other investment property without first considering whether it is appropriate for you based on your own particular situation based on your independent determination. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC will not perform any suitability or other analysis to check, for example, whether a security or other investment property you select through this tool is consistent with your investment objectives. If you need or want advice or recommendations in choosing investments, please call us at 800-842-2252. We are here to help.
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IMPORTANT: The income assessment, projections and other information presented or generated by Preparing for Retirement are purely hypothetical in nature, do not in any way reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results.
The 2016 Voices of Experience survey was conducted by GfK Custom Research North America among a total of 1,583 TIAA retirees between May 28 and August 27, 2015. To qualify, all respondents had to indicate that they are retired. Respondents were mailed the survey questionnaire and had the option to return the survey by mail or to complete the survey online. Respondents completed 104 surveys online and 1,479 by mail. The sample was provided by TIAA, and data were weighted by gender, age, region, engagement, and industry sector.
This tool provides educational information on some of the big decisions in preparing for retirement and can help you develop your retirement planning know-how.
You should not view or construe the tools and information as a suggestion by TIAA that you take or refrain from taking a particular course of action, as the advice or recommendation of an impartial fiduciary, or as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any securities or other investment property. You cannot buy or sell securities or other investment property through this tool. If you need or want advice or recommendations regarding your retirement circumstances and needs or in choosing investments, please call us at 888-583-2535. We are here to help.